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The “Narcissism Epidemic” and the Usefulness of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder Diagnosis

The “Narcissism Epidemic” and the Usefulness of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder Diagnosis

By Laurie Scarborough In popular culture, the term “Generation Me” is used to describe young people today, and recently some academic attention is starting to focus on what is called the “narcissism epidemic”, a supposed prevalence of narcissistic personality traits, such as a feeling of entitlement, unwarranted high self-regard and arrogance (APA, 2013), amongst young … Continue reading

Does mental illness exist?

Does mental illness exist?

By Laurie Scarborough There has been open debate in the field of psychology and psychiatry about whether mental illness exists. The aim of this paper is to review some of the main arguments of this debate. The paper will first outline why this debate is important specifically for the field of psychology and also for individuals … Continue reading

Is ADHD a “real” disorder, or merely a construct?

Is ADHD a “real” disorder, or merely a construct?

By Laurie Scarborough Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) was first introduced as a mental disorder into the DSM-II (APA, 1968). Since then, ADHD has been one of the most commonly diagnosed childhood disorders, with estimated prevalence rates of 5-10% in children (Biederman, 2004), although the DSM-5 conservatively estimates 5% (APA, 2013) and other researchers have found prevalence … Continue reading